Tips for a Successful Summer 2023 Shred
Summer is fast approaching, and for many people, that means many people are looking to shed some pounds and build some muscle to look their best at the beach or pool. Whether you're hoping to slim down for swimsuit season or build muscle for a more toned physique, getting into the right headspace is crucial for achieving success.
As nutrition coaches, personal trainers and athletic coaches, we have seen firsthand how mindset can make or break a person's transformation journey. In this blog post, I'll share some tips for getting into the right headspace to achieve your summer fitness goals.
1. Set Realistic Goals
The first step to getting into the right headspace for a successful transformation is to set realistic goals. Many people set themselves up for failure by aiming for unattainable goals, such as losing 20 pounds in a month or building bulging biceps in a few weeks. These goals are not only unrealistic, but they're also unhealthy and can lead to disappointment and frustration.
Instead, set achievable goals that align with your body type, lifestyle, and fitness level. For example, aim to lose 1-2 pounds per week or increase your weightlifting weights by 5% each week. Setting realistic goals will not only help you stay motivated and on track, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment as you achieve each milestone.
2. Focus on the Process, Not Just the Outcome
While it's important to have a specific goal in mind, it's equally important to focus on the process of achieving that goal. This means paying attention to the steps you're taking each day to get closer to your desired outcome.
For example, instead of just focusing on the number on the scale, focus on the healthy habits you're developing that will lead to weight loss. This could include things like drinking more water, eating more vegetables, and getting regular exercise. By focusing on the process, you'll be more likely to stick with your plan even when progress seems slow.
3. Stay Positive
A positive mindset is crucial for achieving any fitness goal. Negative self-talk, such as "I'm never going to be able to lose this weight" or "I'm not strong enough to lift that weight," can be demotivating and counterproductive.
Instead, focus on the things you're doing well and celebrate small victories along the way. For example, if you successfully complete a challenging workout, take a moment to acknowledge your hard work and dedication.
4. Surround Yourself with Supportive People
Having a support system can make all the difference when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. Surround yourself with people who encourage and support your efforts, whether that's a workout buddy, a supportive friend or family member, or a supportive online community.
Having someone to talk to when you're feeling discouraged or to celebrate your successes with can help keep you motivated and accountable. On the other hand, being around negative or unsupportive people can be detrimental to your progress, so choose your social circle wisely.
5. Visualize Success
Visualization is a powerful tool for getting into the right headspace for success. By visualizing yourself achieving your goals, you'll be more likely to stay motivated and on track.
Take some time each day to picture yourself at your desired weight or with your desired muscle tone. Imagine yourself feeling confident and proud of your accomplishments. By visualizing success, you'll be more likely to believe that you can achieve it.
6. Be Patient
Finally, remember that transformation takes time. You're not going to lose 20 pounds or build bulging biceps overnight. It takes consistent effort and dedication to achieve any fitness goal.
Be patient with yourself and your progress, and don't get discouraged if you don't see immediate results. Instead, focus on the small steps you're taking each day to get closer to your goal.The most successful people are people who focus on the journey not the process. In fitness this translates to increasing your metabolism, making reasonable nutritional changes that will extend beyond the next few weeks, and creating a support system around you. Fast weight loss may seem like the answer you have been looking for, but its sustained fat loss through increased muscle development and improved metabolism that is the real answer you are looking for. It will take time to make the long term changes, which is why mentality is crucial to your success. Try these tips and let us know how it is working for you. If you need help in any area, please reach out to us. We are here to help.